Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant remains “very risky” after two of its six reactors were reconnected to the grid following a bombing that caused the destruction of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant disconnected for the first time in its history. “Let me emphasize that the situation remains very risky and dangerous,” he said in his usual Friday evening speech, praising Ukrainian experts working to “avoid the worst-case scenario.”
Residents near the Zaporizhzhia plant reportedly received iodine tabletsamid growing fears that fighting around the compound could trigger a disaster.
Zelenskiy said the world narrowly avoided a ‘radioactive disaster’ on Thursday when the electricity at The Zaporizhzhia plant was shut down for hours after fires broke out around the Russian-occupied compound in the southeast Ukraine.
A team of inspectors from the United Nations nuclear watchdog prepare for an emergency visit to the Zaporizhzhia plant, according to reports. Sources told the Wall Street Journal it’s “almost certain” that a mission from the International Atomic Energy Agency will visit the plant early next week, although details are still being finalized.
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk has announced plans to expand mandatory evacuations for civilians living on the front lines of war. Speaking on national television, she said the evacuation of women with children and the elderly would be a priority for some districts in the the eastern region of Kharkiv and the southern regions of Zaporizhzhia and Mykolaiv.
Ukrainian forces hit an important bridge used by Russian occupation forces in the southern region of Kherson, according to the Military Command of Southern Ukraine. The Daryivsky Bridge is the only passage under Russian control across the Inhulets River, which divides the lands occupied by Russia west of the Dnipro into two parts.
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, an ally of President Vladimir Putin, said in a French television interview on Friday that Russia was ready to hold talks with Zelenskiy under certain conditions, but warned that Moscow would not stop its assault until its objectives were achieved. “Renouncing (Ukraine’s) participation in the North Atlantic alliance is now vital, but it is already insufficient to establish peace,” Medvedev told LCI television in quotes reported by news agencies. Russians.
EU energy ministers will meet as soon as possible for an urgent meeting to discuss the energy crisis after the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, said the Czech Prime Minister. The Czech Republic today holds the Presidency of the European Council.
Russia’s claim that it is deliberately slowing the pace of its military campaign in Ukraine is “almost certainly deliberate misinformation”, according to British intelligence. The UK Ministry of Defense latest report said the Russian offensive had stalled “due to poor Russian military performance and fierce Ukrainian resistance”.
The Belarusian president said his country’s SU-24 fighter jets had been refitted to carry nuclear weapons. Alexander Lukashenko said he had previously agreed to the move with his Russian counterpart, Putin, and warned that his country was ready to respond to a “serious provocation” from the west instantly.
Russia is scorching large amounts of natural gas it would previously have exported to Germany as energy costs soar in Europe, the The BBC reported. According to the broadcaster, which cites an analysis by Rystad Energy, a plant near the border between Russia and Finland burns around £8.4 million worth of gas every day.
The head of UK energy regulator Ofgem has accused Russia of driving up energy prices, leading to an 80% increase in the price cap in the UK. Ofgem on Friday approved a £1,578 increase on the current price cap from £1,971 for the average dual-fuel fare.
Germany’s ambassador to the UK has acknowledged there is a risk that public support for Ukraine will wane this winter as the energy crisis intensifies. Putin ‘used gas as a weapon’ in the UK and across Europe, Miguel Berger said. “He wants to test our resolve.”